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Amazing night at the 1st Women in Data Science Dublin (WiDS)

Last night we brought the Stanford Global Women in Data Science (WiDS) Conference to Ireland for the 1st time. and look at the turn out!

WiDS Dublin 2018 was organized in partnership with Accenture and HER+Data to celebrate women in Data Science in Ireland. We featured 3 local speakers for inspiring talks in the fields of data science, machine learning and analytics:

  • Dr. Elizabeth Daly, Research Scientist & Research Manager, Cognitive Analytics in IBM Research Dublin gave a talk on Social Recommender Systems
  • Dr. Amelia Kelly, Director of Speech Technology in Soapbox Labs gave a talk on Data Diversity in Children’s Speak Recognition
  • Noelle Doody, Head of Analytics, SSE Airtricity gave a talk on Opportunities & Challenges of Data Science at SSE Airtricity

We also showcased a recorded session from the main WiDS Stanford 2018 Conference. Dr. Elena Grewal, Head of Data Science at AirBnb presented a tech vision talk on the Evolution of Data Science @ Airbnb. And we finished the night with a panel on future trends & opportunities featuring great speakers from Accenture:

  • Oonagh O’SheaHead of Life Sciences Analytics, Accenture Ireland
  • Asta Lund, Digital Senior Manager, Accenture Ireland
  • Medb Corcoran, Intelligent Enterprise Analytics Lead, The Dock Accenture.

Photo by Grazia @gracefuldigital

Such an amazing night. Thanks to Accenture for hosting, Oonagh O’ Shea and Clare Dalton from co-organizing. I cannot wait to do it again next year!

Excited to be WiDS 2018 Dublin Ambassador

The Global WiDS Conference is a 1-day technical conference started in 2015 in Stanford. It takes place this year on March 5th and it will feature talks from Elena Grewal, Head of Data Science @ AirBnb, Jia Li, Head of R&D, Cloud AI @ Google (Jia and I worked in Yahoo Labs together!), and Lada Adamic, Research Scientist Manager @ Facebook to name just a few. The WiDS conference aims to inspire and educate data scientists worldwide, regardless of gender, and support women in the field. All genders are invited to participate in the conference, which features exclusively female speakers.

Last year the conference also had partnering events in 80 countries around the world through WiDS Ambassadors. I’ve signed up to be the WiDS Ambassador for Dublin / Ireland and I’m hosting the first event WiDS Dublin in March which I’m super excited about. The date and format is still TBD but the basic plan is to host an evening event where we broadcast a talk  from the Global WiDS Stanford conference and then have a couple of talks from 2-3 local female Data Scientists / Data Leaders. I’m super excited about this event and I cannot wait to celebrate & hear from some amazing women in and  in Ireland.  Watch this space for full details of the event.